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News Archives - October 2006

Replay of the Week
Posted on 10/30/2006 at 11:03 PM by Kester
The new replay of the week is a game submitted by GeneralVon. In it he and three of his GoS clan mates play a free-for-all civil war, with Goblins, Men, Mordor, and Dwarves. Download the replay file here, and see which faction came out victorious!
Wanted: BFME2 Scenario Designer
Posted on 10/28/2006 at 4:54 PM by Kester
BFME2 Heaven is seeking a new staff member, one with experience in using the World Builder. The ideal candidate will have a willingness to help others learn how to use the editor. For further details, please see this thread.
New ROTWK Screenshots
Posted on 10/26/2006 at 4:14 PM by Kester
EA has released a few new screenshots for Rise of the Witch-King, including a couple massed battles and some heroes or monsters in combat. Check out the latest ones here!
Rise of the Witch-King Blog
Posted on 10/24/2006 at 2:19 AM by Kester
Jill Donald, Development Director for The Rise of the Witch-King, has posted a blog at EA's site. In it she talks about the process of turning the Lord of the Rings movies and books into RTS games.
As we moved on to BFME2, our focus shifted in both the fiction and our approach to the game. From a fiction standpoint, we moved away from the movies and into other stories told in the books. This meant leaving behind the cinematic moments that people had seen on film and trying to bring to life characters and moments that fans had only read about, in addition to adding some new elements to the story to fill in the gaps. From the gameplay perspective, we decided to focus more on strategic depth and player choice and less on drama and recreating “movie moments”. This is the reason we brought back "build anywhere" and changed the economy system.
The entire blog is found here.
Middle Earth Monday
Posted on 10/24/2006 at 1:48 AM by Kester

Continuing with Middle Earth Monday leading up to the release of Rise of the Witch-King in November, EA today released some cool concept art pictures of the Witch-King and Rogash. Check out the rest of the pics here!
Replay of the Week!
Posted on 10/23/2006 at 8:47 PM by Kester
This week's replay is 1v1 game on High Pass, a match between RiceNoddle (Elves) and Legolaim (MoTW). This is the third replay submitted by Legolaim which has been chosen as Replay of the Week, making him the first winner of the HeavenGames t-shirt. Congrats Legolaim!
BFME2 Sweepstakes
Posted on 10/20/2006 at 12:30 AM by Kester
Gamespy Arena is holding a BFME2 Sweepstakes with a prize of a $500 Direct2Drive certificate. It's open to US residents 18 and above, which disqualifies a lot of people, but if you qualify, go here to enter.
Dell XPS BFME2 Tournament Ladder
Posted on 10/19/2006 at 2:48 PM by Kester
The Dell tournament is underway, but you can still sign up for the ladder. Details on this tournament have been scarce and hard to find (i.e. when it ends), but the ladder can be found here. If you sign up - good luck!
Poll Round-up!
Posted on 10/19/2006 at 2:12 PM by Kester
It looks like the upcoming expansion will find some fans at BFME2 Heaven! In our last poll we asked: Will you buy the Rise of the Witch King when it comes out?

Definitely yes [417 votes]
I'd like to [156 votes]
Maybe, I'll check reviews first [97 votes]
Probably not [32 votes]
No, not interested [28 votes]

In our new poll we're returning to the subject of the 1.05 patch, and which faction you think got nerfed the most. Vote here!
Don't You Love Mondays?
Posted on 10/17/2006 at 9:47 PM by FD2
I mean, you get up after the weekend and you're still aching from the Saturday night party, you sit through 8 hours of the lectures of Mr. Hand in the biology, then old lunchlady slops Monday Mystery Meat onto your plate...does that ring a bell for anyone? It does for me, but Mondays are not the same anymore: Mondays are now Middle Earth Mondays.

This week EA released a brand new Wallpaper, and released the information for a new unit as well as releasing the full box art for Rise of the Witch King!

Check it out!
Replay of the Week!
Posted on 10/16/2006 at 4:03 AM by Bendak
This weeks best Replay has been submiited by Legolaim again, who's on his way to be the first winner of the HG t-shirt. Be sure to check this replay out!

1vs1 [GoS]Legolaim vs[GoS]GeneralVon!

This match is a great Mordor vs Men of the West battle that you should definately check out!
Rise of the Witch King Trailer
Posted on 10/12/2006 at 10:10 PM by Kester
EA has released the first video trailer for the upcoming Rise of the Witch-King! Take a look at the new fortress, units, heroes, the newly expanded War of the Ring options, and a new monster summoned from ice. Watch it here!
The Boys Are Back In Town
Posted on 10/11/2006 at 5:16 PM by FD2
Or at least that's Thin Lizzy thinks. Because we've got our reunion forum party, the first in months: Forum Party XVII: The Return of the King. It will be held Saturday, October 21, 1:00 Forum Time. For more details, see this thread.
Middle Earth Monday
Posted on 10/10/2006 at 1:16 AM by Kester

Middle Earth Monday has returned to EA, starting today and leading up to the release of The Rise of the Witch King. Available today - two new wallpapers from the new evil faction featuring the Witch King and Rhogash. Get the full size images here!
Replay of the Week
Posted on 10/9/2006 at 11:38 AM by Bendak
Our Review team has just announced the new replay of the week - 1vs1 [GoS]Legolaim vs[GoS]DeathAngel. This replay, played for the NetCampaign, features a cool MotW mirror match between two clanmembers. I personally hope to see other clans come with their best replays too! To quote one of our reviewers on this replay:
One of the best I've watched this month.
So where are you waiting for to download and comment in the Replay forum?
Patch 1.06 File
Posted on 10/5/2006 at 7:45 PM by Kester
If you've had difficulty downloading the patch automatically from within the game, you'll be happy to know that it has now been released as a file. You can get it from Lord of the Rings Files. Thanks to Legolaim for the link!
Poll Round-up!
Posted on 10/4/2006 at 2:21 PM by Kester
Now that the 1.06 patch has been released, it's time to change the poll! The previous one asked what you thought of the 1.05 patch, which made massive balance changes. While a lot of people clearly preferred the 1.04 patch, overall most people seemed to accept the new changes.

The results:
Great! Just what the game needed! [109 votes]
Mostly good [110 votes]
Has its ups and downs [116 votes]
Not so good [26 votes]
Where can I get 1.04 back? [107 votes]
I don't play online and didn't install it [65 votes]

In the new poll you can tell us of your plans for the new expansion pack, The Rise of the Witch King, which is due out later this Fall. Vote here!
Patch 1.06 is Live
Posted on 10/3/2006 at 9:28 PM by Kester
Patch 1.06 has just been released. This patch is to fix the lobby lag that resulted following the 1.05 patch. Log in to multiplayer, and you will be automatically prompted to download the patch.
Replay of the Week!
Posted on 10/2/2006 at 12:33 AM by Kester
The fifth Replay of the Week is one submitted by Arenander. It is called 1v1 Gap of Rohan, and is a match between Men of the West and Dwarves. Check out the replay, and the reviews of the Replay Reviewers from this thread!
Tourney is On!
Posted on 10/2/2006 at 12:18 AM by Kester
The War of the Ring NetCampaign Tournament has officially begun! Everyone who registered has been assigned a 2nd territory in addition to the one already selected. To begin, go to the game map, click on one of your territories, and issue a challenge to the player owning a neighboring territory. Good luck!